NPA denounces ‘unaffordable’ health centre pharmacy rent

The National Pharmacy Association (NPA) has raised its concerns over rising cost of rent for its members.

The association highlighted that pharmacy spending is shrinking, and therefore, the NHS Property Services must ensure viability of health centre pharmacies.

In May, the NPA wrote to NHS Property Services to voice its concerns over the rising cost of rent after some of its members reported demands for a three-fold
increase in rent.

Many pharmacies operate in premises of which NHS Property Services is the landlord.

In a letter last month to chief executive Martin Steele, NPA said: “The past years have seen far fewer patients in health centres and therefore using the on-site
pharmacy – whilst the situation will change somewhat as we move out of the pandemic we expect a permanent impact on workload as practices handle more of their
interactions virtually.

“The NPA encourages NHS Property Services to review lease agreements involving community pharmacies and consider favourable changes to terms that are in line with
current financial realities affecting the sector. This could avoid the loss of a pharmacy service to communities and the resulting loss of rental income to NHS
Property Services.”